Societies Editor, Daniela Clark, took a trip down to Welcome Back Fair to check out what’s new in the world of QM Societies
Re-fresher’s Fair can be a little intimidating. You’ve just left the warm fuzziness of Christmas break and you’ve been thrust headlong into a room full of students shoving sign-up sheets in your face while they ask you to take on board more information than you’re expected to remember for a history A-level. But stay strong fresher…or second year making a daring attempt to leave the safety of your bed and Netflix, because QM have some pretty niche societies, and if you can’t find somewhere to fit in with a 150 odd societies you’re a lost cau… just kidding. But Re-fresher’s Fair and trying out new things is a great way to _cough_ “find yourself”, which is apparently what you’re supposed to do. (Side note: if you took a gap year, chances are you already found yourself whilst trekking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, but try not to remind the poor, lost souls about that too much.) Here are some choice examples of the top notch hijinks you can get up while you whilst turning in those (thrilling) assignments.
Underground Music Society: Apparently, that’s not listening to your iPod while you’re on the tube. If you’re interested in a particular style of music (House, Reggae, etc.) you can meet people with similar tastes, and get a heads up about events that might take your fancy.
Game of Thrones Society: Valar Dohaeris fresher. And if all men must serve (and you totally read High Valyrian) this might be the society for you to serve. If you want a place where you can discuss the (gut-wrenching) character deaths and your utter hatred of Joffrey maybe consider looking into what this society can offer you.
Harry Potter Society: Still gutted that you didn’t receive your letter from Hogwarts when you were eleven? The Harry Potter Society invites you to jump on the Hogwarts express and join them. For a mere 1 Galleon, 5 Sickles and 16 Knuts (£4.00) you could attend Slug club, Quidditch tournaments and more! Am I joking? No, I’m Sirius.
Baking Society: Does a Genoise sponge cake fill you with excitement like no other item on this planet? Is Mary Berry your idol? Do you dream macaroons? With a £3 joining fee, this society will feed you while developing your culinary skill. An all-round winner when you’ve only eaten Super Noodles for the last week…
Re-fresher’s Fair is a truly wonderful place. It gives you the chance to see the diverse range of societies QM has on offer and gives you a chance to meet some of the incredible students we have. If none of the above have intrigued you, you still have over 100 options to choose from. So whether Harry Potter, chess, break dancing or salsa is your cup of tea, there’s definitely an option for you.